FEDERATION of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) yesterday officially handed over a settlement package worth US$6000 (sh11.5m) to dismissed Cranes Egyptian-born coach Mohammed Abbas.
The payment completed at the ministry of sports offices, ended the two-month period of animosity between FUFA and Abbas since his sacking in March.
State minister for sports Charles Bakkabulindi, National Council of Sports (NCS) secretary Jasper Aligawesa, FUFA president Lawrence Mulindwa, CEO Charles Masembe, PRO Aldrine Nsubuga and Abbas himself attended the meeting yesterday.
Abbas, who had been brought to Uganda through a cultural exchange program with Egypt in 2003, was sacked in March this year.
â€œAll parties NCS, the ministry of sports, FUFA have after a thorough examination of coach Mohammad Abbasâ€™ contract agreed that the federation was right about the dues that were supposed to be given to him within his signed contract.
â€œIn line to the formal agreement signed by all parties, there should be no more ill-feelings now and the issue should be put to bed. We expect Abbas to leave tomorrow (today),â€ FUFA public relations officer Aldrine Nsubuga said yesterday.
â€œWe have also given him a recommendation letter that shows how committed and hardworking he was during his stay here. â€œHe has definitely left a happy man,â€ Aldrine added.
The US$6000 (sh11.5m) included his three month dues payment after termination of his contract worth US$1500, five months arrears worth US$2500, ticket and Visa fees worth US$1030 and the LG Cup winning bonus of sh0.5m.
The ministry also presented Abbas US$1000 (sh1.8m) as compensation for his airtime and fuel expenditures during his stay.